Day Twenty-five

This post is from my very first “no sugar, no dairy” fast, September 25, 2017. It is such a good reminder to re-read these accounts of how the Lord saw me through difficult times, and will again!

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Day 25

No sugar or dairy

This really cracks me up! My devotional for today from my little book, A Spectacle of Glory, by Joni Earackson Tada, actually starts out by saying: “Enjoying a bit of junk food now and then in moderation is no sin. A little salty snack, a piece of chocolate, or the occasional Frappuccino won’t do us lasting physical harm.” Did you hear that? “IN MODERATION!” Yes, Joni is totally right, if moderation is the result. But if you are a sugar-addict like me, it usually doesn’t resemble moderation. Interestingly, other words that are synonymous with moderation are restraint and self-control. It certainly is no surprise that “Self-control” is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

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Leafing through Charles Swindoll’s book, Living the Proverbs, I re-read parts of Week 18, “The Grind of Addiction”. Addictions or Compulsions come in all sizes, shapes and colors…

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A Laboring Labor Day!

Today: September 2, 2021: This is an updated post from a previous “no dairy, no sugar” fast!

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Labor Day morning, September 2, 1985, I began having contractions. It was about a week early so I wasn’t sure anything would come of them. Since my husband worked at the hospital (washing dishes) I knew he would be there if I needed him. But there was the matter of a two-year old who would need someone to watch over him if I left for the hospital and, how exactly was I planning to get to the hospital without a car?!

This baby girl grew up, married her prince charming, adopted a little boy, and fosters two others, while running her own business. She has repeatedly faced some major challenges in her life but not giving in to self-pity or denial, instead learning from the experiences.

But on that day, September 2, 1985, I labored through after making it to the hospital. Grateful for our very thoughtful pastor’s wife, who…

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Time to Laugh!

And so it begins! Another “no dairy, no sugar” fast for the month of September. I hope you will join me; Let’s encourage one another!!

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Chemicals called endorphins are released in the brain when we have a good cackle, a real belly laugh. Merriam-Webster defines endorphins as: any of a group of endogenous peptides (such as enkephalin) found especially in the brain that bind chiefly to opiate receptors and produce some pharmacological effects (such as pain relief) like those of opiates; specifically: beta-endorphin

Arnold Glasow, the author of Glasow’s Gloombusters, said, “Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”

How remarkable that our Creator God designed our bodies to produce such a quick jolt to our emotional state in aiding our health! A few thousand years ago, the wisest man who ever lived wrote “A cheerful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22, NLT). The Bible Knowledge Commentary clarifies, “a cheerful heart is translated ‘a happy heart.’”

Henry Ward Beecher said, “Mirth is God’s medicine…

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Day Ten, (Special Friends)

Today, August 31, 2021, is my dear friend’s birthday! It has been quite some time now since I have seen her in person. But I sure hope to talk to her on the phone, today, and wish her a happy birthday! Happy Birthday, Ann!! ❤
This post was written in September of 2017 during my first "no dairy, no sugar" fast!

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Day 10

 No sugar or dairy

Today I want to share about our special friends with whom we had lunch, and then were blessed by a time of prayer as we sat in their KIA SUV outside of the restaurant.

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We met Ann and Glen in 2012. Glen was teaching Sunday School at the Church we were attending. He had been enduring  twenty-plus years of Parkinson’s without complaint. For Ann, caring for him was a service she rendered, respectfully. It didn’t take me long to see the inspiring, beautiful life she modeled. I wanted to gather all I could, so I asked her to be my prayer partner. Obviously, the “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) were not interested in our teaming up to pray. It became difficult to come up with a time that would work for us both. When we finally could agree…

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It’s A New Dawn; It’s A New Day!

Another “no dairy, no sugar” fast beginning in 2 days!

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“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.”

2 Corinthians 4:7, NASB

If I just try to muster up the strength I will fail every time, but thankfully, the power of God comes flooding in as I open my Bible and cry out for help. You might not FEEL the power at first. Be persistent. Do not give up. God wants to do a work in your life so others can see HIS greatness!

I know that my body and health is a gift from God. And His desire is that I steward it well.

He gives each of us choices to make concerning our health and daily habits. Many struggle with health issues but no matter where we find ourselves in the line-up of fit or unfit, healthy or not so healthy, we…

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What’s All the Fuss?

5th year of “no dairy, no sugar” fast for the month of September!

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Really? What is all the fuss about? Why worry about the relationship I have with Starbucks coffees, yummy cookies, pies, cakes, fast food delicacies like Chick-fil-A’s chocolate milkshake, or too many chicken nuggets in my box with a large sized waffle fry? What’s the harm? It’s not like my waistline has expanded so far that I need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe!

Here’s the crux of the matter: Am I honoring God with my relationship to sweets?

In his book Every Body Matters, Gary Thomas espouses: “God alone knows whether we are honoring him with our daily choices.”

That’s something I must consider and act upon and thus, the big reason for my “no dairy, no sugar fast.” Am I honoring God with the choices I make when it comes to food, especially sweets? Thomas asserts, “We need a new relationship with food altogether, seeing it…

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Prayerfully Sweet

A 5 year anniversary of devoting a month to a “no dairy, no sugar” fast! September 1st is around the corner. There’s still time to join in!

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The sign flashing “HOT” meant only one thing, a delightful treat just waiting for me to indulge! My love affair with glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was serious. There was a time I could devour half a dozen without a thought to self-control or health issues ever being a problem. Now, as I work toward a disciplined life, prayer has become my arsenal of deliverance.

How can prayer deliver me from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts though, or any other “sugary indulgence” for that matter?

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41, NKJV).

I hear these words, spoken by Jesus, and I know they are put there just for me!

However, we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane speaking to Peter, James & John on the night of His betrayal. This is a gut-wrenching time especially for Jesus as…

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“Every BODY Matters”

My fifth year!!!

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22154468_10210392290229523_3325240055683054646_nPreparing for another “no dairy, no sugar” fast has me typing out goals for victory!

  1. PRAY
  2. Ask someone to commit to doing this fast with you!
  3. Before getting out of bed in the morning, Rehearse in your mind what you will eat/drink
  4. Keep a “12 hour fast” from 6:30 AM-6:30 PM, I have a rule of never eating past 7:00 PM
  5. Get a notebook, make a list of what you can eat; journal: write out a pledge, and record your progress each day
  6. Pull out “the readers” and READ labels while grocery shopping
  7. DRINK WATER throughout the day!

Preparing also has me reviewing Gary Thomas’s book, Every BODY Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul.

Let me share some wise quotes from the book that really helped me in the way I view my addictions:

“. . . I go to war against gluttony and indulgence, not because I…

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Another Year, Another Birthday!

Born August 24, 1959 for such a time as this!

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I cannot believe it is here again, but it is August 24, and that means time to honor my dear hubby as we celebrate his BIRTHDAY! No better way to celebrate him than to share the character of the man that existed in our early years of marriage (1982-’87).

Who chooses a wife to feed when you are about to embark on your poorest years yet?! What a challenge! But a challenge he met with dog-determination!

My husband’s motto could have been, “He who does not work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:8-10, LB). It certainly rings true, “The man who works hard sleeps well whether he eats little or much, . . . (Ecclesiastes 5:12, LB). His Seminary training began fifteen months after we said, “I do”! During that time, he worked two jobs, sometimes three, mowing the lawn for our apartment complex where we…

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